Benigno Aquino III, son of former president Corazon Aquino, won the 2010 May elections, according to a congressional count. An opposition leader, Binay, was elected Vice President.
Aquino, won about 15 million votes, an estimated 5.7 million more than his closest opponent, Joseph Estrada. Aquino, whose victory, is seen as a result of his promise to fight corruption and eradicate poverty, reflects the public’s moral longing, in a country plagued with violence, corruption and poverty.
Aquino has said he will make prosecuting corrupt officials a priority. He also will have to tackle Marxist and Muslim insurgencies, a restive military, crime and political strife.
Leaders of US, China and Japan welcomed the rise of President Aquino III. Chinese President Hu Jintao said his country intends to deepen bilateral ties. "Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation," he said.
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